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No More Plain Old Mashed Potatoes Again…..

Posted in Caro Diario.(dear diary..), Country House Living, cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, La Dolce Vita, recipes, slow food, the Mediterranean diet, Travel & customs, Uncategorized, and vegetarian

One of my favorite dishes is a traditional Gatto….traditionally from Naples.. the dish was a joint creation of French and Italian hence the name Gatto (Pronounced like the French word for cake- Gateau) but spelled in an Italian way..probably in a dialect of the Neapolitan language….. and it is a creamy potato casserole that bakes in the oven and can come out looking a bit like a fluffy cake…but anyway you describe it is absolutely yummy… makes a great substitute for those (boring) mashed potatoes…

As promised for those who joined me at my appearance at the Suburban Home Show and the Philly Food and Wine is one of the recipes made on the Fiestaware Baking Dish…what a beautiful way to show off this artisan recipe…

baking dish fiestaware


*2 lbs potatoes baked or boiled, peeled

*1/2 cup milk

*4 tablespoons butter

*3 eggs

*8 ounces provolone cheese

*4 ounces shredded fontina cheese

*4 tablespoons grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese

*Handful fresh parsley leaves chopped finely

*!/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

*Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

*Optional pinch of salt

Boil or bake potatoes till cooked, peel and mash while still hot. Add in milk eggs, parmigiana-reggiano, softened butter, black pepper and salt. Blend in food processor till well blended. Add in chopped parsley. Butter baking dish,sprinkle bread crumbs on bottom of dish. Spread thin layer of potato mix on baking dish, cover first with slices of provolone cheese, then shredded fontina. Top with remaining potato mixture, Top with 1 tablespoon grated parmigiana-reggiano cheese. Bake in oven preheated to 425 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with finely chopped parsley on top.


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